ATTLEBORO, Mass. – NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Preece will take advantage of a Saturday off this weekend to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Steel Palace 150 at Oswego Speedway on June 12.
The 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion will make his fourth tour start of the season behind the wheel of the No. 6, and will look to score his first top-10 of the year. His No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing NASCAR Cup Series opted not to compete in the All-Star Open at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, creating this vacancy on Preece’s schedule.
Better yet, the Berlin, Conn., native will seek victory at Oswego’s oval for the second time. Preece was victorious in tour competition at Oswego in 2017, leading the final 33 laps of the race after passing Matt Hirschman.
Although Preece is a full-time competitor for JTG Daugherty Racing in the Cup Series, he has not become a stranger to the grassroots modified community. Preece has continued to be a regular competitor in the Modified ranks — competing with the Whelen Modified Tour — and also running select Open Modified events across the Northeast region, and down south. Preece has already been victorious in the SMART Modified Tour this season at South Boston Speedway in Virginia and has run well in other events in New England.
Preece will be joined by more than 20 competitors for a 150-lap contest at Oswego. Names like current points leader Patrick Emerling, two-time series champion and most recent winner Justin Bosnignore, Ron Silk, Woody Pitkat, Max McLaughlin, Timmy Solomito, Chase Dowling and more are expected.
Matt Hirschman — who is no stranger to Oswego’s victory lane — will also return to competition looking to score his fourth career tour win. Hirschman dominated the 2018 race at Oswego, leading 139 laps en route to victory. A full entry list for the race will be available early this week.
As part of a full night of racing at one of the country’s most historic tracks, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will co-headline the racing with the Oswego Supermodifieds.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams, as part of a one-day show, will load in for practice from 3-4 p.m., with Mayhew Tools pole qualifying set for 6 p.m. The green flag for the Steel Palace 150, the fifth race of the season, will be set for 7:30 p.m.